Seminars and Other Information Sharing

October 19, 2017
Mike Moline is speaking at a webinar, Bad-Faith Claims and Its Impact on Insurance Companies which is being presented by the Knowledge Group.  Mike will be speaking with Aaron French and Nelson Bellido on topics such as “Bad Faith Set-Up – A Legal Primer,” “Mechanics of Set-Up Allegations” and “Implications to Insurers and Insurance Companies.”


September 8, 2017
Bryan Feldhaus will be speaking at a Hennepin County Bar Association seminar on Professionalism & Ethics: Downloading Technology in Legal Practice; Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct.


August 30, 2017
Jesse Beier will be speaking at the NBI Seminar, The Probate Process From Start to Finish.  Jesse will present “Putting the Case to Rest: Closing the Estate.”


June 28 2017
Jason Engkjer spoke at the Supply Chain Cargo & Security Summit in Jersey City, New Jersey and presented by the TLP&SA and CargoNet.  Jason spoke on a panel titled, “Hot Legal Topics: Broker-Carrier Liability, Misclassification – Independent Contractor vs. Employee and New Cases.”  The conference was attended by transportation executives and industry professionals from all over the United States.


June 28, 2017
Reid Lindquist and Lauren Nuffort are presenting to a group of 75 subrogation and liability claims representatives at Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. in Independence, Ohio. The audience will be comprised of claim representatives and claim managers who handle and oversee Sedgwick’s rental car division. Their presentation, “Negligence and Evidence: From a Recovery and Liability Perspective,” discusses the negligence theory of recovery, defenses to negligence, and evidence that should be reviewed when adjusting auto accidents.


June 8, 2017
Kay Nord Hunt and Bryan Feldhaus are presenting a live webcast by Minnesota CLE, “Civil Litigation A to Z: The End Game – Making Post-Trial Motions & Initiating Appeals.”  They will discuss the ins and outs of post-trial motions and initiating appeals in both federal and Minnesota state court.


May 24 and 25, 2017
Jason Engkjer presented two sessions at the Annual Convention of the North Dakota Motor Carrier’s Association: “Corporate Formalities and Tax Issues Unique to the Transportation Industry” and “Transportation Contracts: What to Know Before Signing on the Dotted Line.”


May 17, 2017
Cameron Kelly presented “Tax Reduction with Trusts, Main Trust Principles and Simple Testamentary Trusts/Revocable Living Trusts” at the National Business Institute webcast Trusts from A to Z, a Wisconsin continuing education course provided to attorneys, financial planners, trust officers, accountants and CPA’s to learn or review the basic concepts relating to trusts.


May 12, 2017
Phil Cole and Richard Thomas presented a webcast series on the ins and outs of legal malpractice claims. The series took place at noon on three Fridays throughout May and was presented by Minnesota CLE. They discussed what legal malpractice is and how it is proved, how to use expert witnesses, and the nature of a lawyer’s duties and insurance coverage.


Jeff-O'Brien-CLE-Picture-Minnesota-Brewery-Boom-from-Ale-to-Z-500xOctober 18, 2016
Jeff O’Brien was a featured speaker at the Minnesota Shopping Center Association’s October learning session entitled “Minnesota’s Brewery Boom From Ale to Z.”  Mr. O’Brien, who represents numerous Minnesota breweries, discussed legal and legislative issues affecting Minnesota’s brewing industry.


October 7, 2016
Ken Abdo spoke at the Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries in Las Vegas. His topic was “Open Discussion: Death, Taxes and Rock n’ Roll: Post Mortem Legacy and IP Management.” The summary of his sessions states: With the deaths of iconic baby boomer artists we thought immortal, it may feel as if Rock & Roll is literally and figuratively dying. The need for entertainment lawyers to understand the legal and business issues concerning IP management and legacy protection as a consequence of aging and death, is inevitable.


September 23, 2016
The craft brewing and distilling industries have been seeing booming growth in Minnesota. With that growth comes a host of IP problems that can result in litigation. Jeff O’Brien and Tim Matson discussed IP and litigation trends in these industries and gave practical tips on how to advise clients when they spoke at the Midwest IP Institute. The title of the session was “Cases of Beer: Trademark Developments in the Craft Brewing Business.”


September 21, 2016
Lommen Abdo was a sponsor of the National Legal Malpractice Conference sponsored by the American Bar Association. The conference took place in Chicago from September 21 to 23, 2016.


August 4, 2016
Marc Johannsen and Kay Nord Hunt spoke at a seminar titled “The marriage is ending. Now what? Who gets what? What do I need to know?”  The event was sponsored by Aging but DANGEROUS and Lommen Abdo Law Firm and took place at Urban Growler Brewing.


August 1, 2016
Jeff O’Brien spoke at the 2016 Midwest Craft Brewers Conference on August 1 and 2 at the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie.  Jeff presented “Show Me the Money: How to Raise Investment Capital for Your Brewery…Legally.”


June 24, 2016
Two Lommen Abdo attorneys spoke at the 2016 MSBA Annual Convention.  Jeff O’Brien presented “Cheers! Craft Beer and Distillery Litigation Developments in Minnesota” and Ken Abdo presented “High Living and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Industry: Legal Issues and the Aging Music Business.”


June 9, 2016
Keith Broady participated in a webinar by The Knowledge Group on Asset Purchases: Techniques and Best Practices to Avoid Successor Liability.


May 19, 2016
Jason Engkjer presented a webinar for Strafford Publications on “Drafting Motor Carrier Agreements: Anticipating and Addressing Cargo Claims.”


May 12, 2016
Jason Engkjer presented at the North Dakota Motor Carrier’s Association Annual Convention on the topic of “Owner-Operator vs. Employee Drivers: Understanding the Differences and Avoiding the Pitfalls.”


Ken Abdo (Lommen Abdo) with Linda Newmark (Universal Music Publishing) and Alex Grout (ASCAP) speaking at the 2016 ASCAP Expo.April 28, 2016
Lommen Abdo again sponsored a music law panel at the annual ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo. Before an audience of several hundred songwriters, Ken Abdo, along with attorneys Linda Newmark (Universal Music Publishing) and Alex Grout (ASCAP), discussed the structure of various music publishing agreements in a session titled “Songwriting Pizza and Copyright Slices: Publishing and Admin Recipes Explained.”


April 21, 2016
Jeff O’Brien spoke at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, “Three Tiers, One Panel: Operating a Craft Brewery in a Post-Prohibition, Three-Tier System.” The other panelists were Rob Miller and Sarah Bonvallet, owners of Dangerous Man Brewing, and Mary Brettman, CPA at Beverage Business Builders.


April 1, 2016
Kay Hunt spoke at a six hour NBI webcast on April 1st, Appellate Case Preparation Start to Finish. Kay spoke on “Making an Ethical Appeal” and “Oral Argument Techniques that Get Results.” Eric Magnuson and Stephen Buterin were co-presenters.



March 21, 2016
The entertainment attorneys once again presented the legal sessions at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. The legal sessions took place on March 15th and March 19th and 20th. Over 30 industry leaders filled 12 sessions addressing topics related to music, film and technology industries. Shown are Lommen Abdo attorneys Bob Donnelly, Tim Matson, Ken Abdo, Paul Bezilla, Adam Gislason and Dan Young at SXSW 2016.


March 3, 2016
Ken Abdo spoke at On the Record: Artists and Advocacy in the Legislative Arena at Nova Southeastern University and presented by NSU Shepard Broad College of Law & The Recording Academy Florida Chapter.


March 1, 2016
Ken Abdo spoke with panelists on fundamental and advance music publishing issues in New York for the Practicing Law Institute’s program, Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry.


November 18, 2015
The Executive Women’s Council of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce presented “Preventing Violence in the Workplace.” Amy Ruge, Senior Threat Assessment Team Leader for Target, was the presenter. Lommen Abdo is a sponsor of the Executive Women’s Council.


November 3, 2015
Jamie Johnson presented at an NBI webcast, “Personal Injury From Start to Finish for Paralegals.”


October 27, 2015
Three Lommen Abdo attorneys spoke at the 2015 Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference presented by Minnesota CLE.  Jeff O’Brien presented with Ryan Schildkraut on the topic, “Financing Options for Closely Held Businesses” and Stacey DeKalb and Thomas Dougherty presented “Independent Contractor or Employee? Updates on New Wage and Hour Division Administrator’s Interpretation; Recommendations for Best Practices.”


October 16, 2015
Kay Hunt spoke at the Minnesota CLE webcast, “Handling Appeals (and Building an Appellate Practice in the Process).” David Herr of Maslon, LLP and Eric J. Magnuson, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and now with Robins Kaplan, LLP, co-presented.


October 16, 2015
Michael Moline spoke at the Premier Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  He presented “Strategies to Perfect, Present and Preserve Appraisal Awards after Quade.”


October 9, 2015
Deb Swenson spoke at the 2015 Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute by Minnesota CLE. Deb spoke on a panel on “Avoidance Claims 101: Common Chapter 5 Claims and The Uniform Voidable Transactions Act.”


October 1, 2015
Kay Hunt spoke at the 2015 Medical Malpractice Conference on “Pfeiffer: How Does it Impact Expert Review Practice?”


September 25, 2015
Tim Matson spoke at a Minnesota State Bar Association luncheon seminar entitled “I Want My Record Back! How Artists Can Terminate Record Company Copyrights in Sound Recordings.”


August 19, 2015
Kay Hunt spoke at a Minnesota CLE seminar entitled “The U.S. Supreme Court’s Big New Decisions.”  Kay presented on four cases concerning the First Amendment.


August 7, 2015
Jeff O’Brien spoke at the Midwest Craft Brewers Conference, and the presentation was titled “Show me the Money: How to Raise Investment Capital for Your Brewery…Legally.”


August 7, 2015
Once again, Lommen Abdo will produce the continuing legal education program in conjunction with the 2016 SXSW Interactive, Film & Music conferences in Austin, Texas. Ken Abdo and Nels Jacobson will co-chair this international program. The CLE sessions will be held March 15, 18 and 19 and will feature Lommen Abdo entertainment attorneys, along with other prominent industry attorneys. Two sessions have been set for the Interactive conference: Avoiding Startup Shutdown to Raise Capital and Law & Policy Fundamentals of the Sharing Economy. Sessions for the Film and Music conferences are in the works.


August 5, 2015
Ken Abdo spoke at the Source Song Festival at MacPhail Center for Music on August 5th on the topic “Publishing and Copyright Considerations for Composers.”


June 29, 2015
Stacey DeKalb and Tom Dougherty presented a lunch seminar in the Advanced Family Law Series by Minnesota CLE.  They spoke with Marilyn Michales, Thomas Harjes and Lymari Santana on “When Corporate Equity Interests Are Marital Assets – Treatment in Divorce.”


June 26, 2015
Ken Abdo moderated the bias panel on June 26th at the 2015 Minnesota State Bar Convention.  The panel, “Living with and Understanding the Reality of Addiction in the Legal Profession,” consisted of Joan Bibelhausen, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers; Scott Gorman, NFL Players Association; and Harold Owens, MusiCares/MAP Fund (part of the Grammy Foundation®).


June 24, 2015
Paul Bezilla spoke at the KMOJ Radio Unity Day workshop on June 24th on the legal aspects of the entertainment business.


June 23, 2015
Adam Gislason and Christie Rothenberg Healey spoke at the annual meeting of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Art & Entertainment Law Section on June 23.  They spoke with Steve Nalbert, Round Hill Music, on the topic “Selling Smart, Not Selling Out: Music Publishing and Synch Licenses.”In the “Streaming Age,” where the consumer is no longer purchasing music to own it, independent artists are looking to exploit their music and generate revenue from income streams outside of traditional record sales and digital downloads. Opportunities to commercially place music in television, theatrical film, commercials, video games and other uses through “synch deals” are greater (and more important) than ever before. This used to be called “selling out,” but now artists are “selling smart.” The legal work in negotiating and securing synch licenses for artists is key to a successful license and, possibly, an ongoing relationship with a music supervisor. The seminar presented the issues at the forefront of synch deals.


June 18, 2015
Jeff O’Brien discussed how to deal with social media issues on June 18th at the monthly meeting of the Minnesota Association of Litigation Support Professionals


June 9, 2015
Jeff O’Brien presented “Brewery Legal Issues and Legislative Discussion” on June 9th at the Annual Symposium of the MSBA Construction Law Section. He also moderated the brewer’s panel at that event.


June 4, 2015
Jeff O’Brien spoke on June 4th at First American Title Insurance Company on “Key Legal Steps to Brewery Legal Issues.”


May 4, 2015
Phil Cole presented at the 2015 Business Law Institute by Minnesota CLE on May 4th.  He spoke on “Conflicts of Interest and Malpractice Issues for Business Lawyers.”


May 2, 2015
Jeff O’Brien presented at the Craft Beer Expo in Rochester, Minnesota on May 2nd.  He spoke on the topic of “Key Legal Steps to Starting a Brewery.”


April 30, 2015
Ken Abdo spoke at the ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Expo on April 30th on “Adoption vs. Babysitting: How to Choose Between a Music Publishing and Admin Deal.”


Craft-Brewers-Conference-4-15-15April 15, 2015
Jeff O’Brien spoke at the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference in Portland Oregon on April 15, 2015.  He spoke on a panel sponsored by Baker Tilly where they discussed “Brewery Operational Headaches: Ask the Experts.”


Cases-of-Beer-Webinar-Jeff-O'Brien-Adam-Gislason-Dan-Schwarz-and-Christie-HealeyMarch 31, 2015
Lommen Abdo’s Adam Gislason, Jeff O’Brien and Christie Rothenberg Healey teamed up with Dan Schwarz, CEO of Lift Bridge Beer Company and President of the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild, to present a webinar on March 31st for Minnesota CLE entitled: “Cases of Beer – Recent Intellectual Property and Litigation Developments in the Craft Beer and Distillery Industries.”


March 23, 2015
Ken Abdo spoke on March 23rd at the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) Summit 2015 in Austin, Texas.  Ken spoke with John Simson and Joe Wetzel, presenting “Legal Update: 2014 Year in Review.”


Lommen-Group-at-SXSW-2015March 18, 2015
Lommen Abdo Law Firm again presented Legal Issues in the Music, Film and Emerging Technology Industries at the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference. Ken Abdo, Bob Donnelly, Tim Matson and Paul Bezilla, along with over 20 other industry leaders, presented 12 sessions addressing topics related to the current music, film and technology industries.Lommen Abdo’s lawyers are shown at right at a South by Southwest event: (from left to right) Bob Donnelly, Ken Abdo, John Simson, Adam Gislason, Paul Bezilla, Tim Matson and Dan Young.


February 23, 2015
Mike Moline spoke in February at the Minnesota Association for Justice’s Midwinter Seminar. Mike’s panel discussed “IOU an EUO?!”


November 14, 2014
Mike Moline and John Herrera presented at the Native Asset Building Summit on “Protecting our Assets: Best Practices for Administering the Cobell Settlement — Top 10 Lessons Learned.”